After five months in and out of the hospital following the unexpected diagnosis of a rare blood condition, a 12-year-old Aliso Viejo boy is preparing to return home.
Matthew Fuentes learned in April, through a chance encounter with a family friend at a pizza parlor who happened to be a biologist, that he has aplastic anemia.
After numerous transfusions and other treatments, and a successful bone marrow transplant, Fuentes was preparing Friday to leave Children's Hospital in Orange County one last time and return home.
A fund to help cover the cost of Matthew's treatment established online online has already raised more than $21,000.
Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News on Sept. 13, 2019.